But honestly, not by much. Originally slated for release on May 7, Creative Assembly has asked for all the time in the world, now releasing the game on May 23. How selfish of them.
It says a lot about how much can be done in game development with the right mindset and teams, even in a short amount of time. A development update over at the game's official site even provides a FAQ where they broach the concept of "polish" saying that it "means a whole bunch of things. Such as two consecutive specific battle animations transitioning smoothly, or making sure our language and localisation is executed to the highest standard, or ensuring that the lighting is well balanced across different types of weather and environment variables". Which is a fairly common sense description of the word where game design is concerned, adding that they're "looking at the whole game and seeing what we can improve".
Here's the open letter addressing the *gasp* 16 day delay:
It’s been an incredibly busy and exciting time for us in the studio. We’ve been able to show you more of Three Kingdoms than ever before and taking the time to evaluate it thoroughly.
There are some revolutionary features going in and it’s looking really good. But we want to make sure it’s great. So we’re moving the release date to 23 May, 2019.
With Three Kingdoms, we set out to create a new level of complexity. As such, we need a little more time to make sure these systems deliver as intended and give you the Total War experience you’ve waited so patiently for.
Of course, the extra time won’t hurt when it comes to fixing those bugs that have been hard to nail down, getting the localisation just right, and adding additional polish to help it shine. We all know those little details make a big difference.
We’re lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It’s more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because.
We know not everyone’s going to be happy about this, but ultimately, we believe this the best thing for the game and our players.
Click the official site link above to check out the full FAQ. How will you spend those precious extra 16 days of waiting?